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Tears flow as Aaron Hernandez gets life

16 April 2015, 08:34

New York - The jurors who convicted former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez of murder say there were many tears in the jury room.

The panellists spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the verdict was announced and Hernandez was formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The jury convicted Hernandez on all charges, including the most serious charge of first-degree murder. They found that Hernandez used extreme atrocity or cruelty in committing the killing. One juror cited the fact that Lloyd was shot six times in helping him make that determination.

They would not discuss the nature of their deliberations in the jury room.

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Formally sentenced

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder.

Hernandez stood impassively as the court officer announced the sentence Wednesday. It came shortly after he was found guilty on all charges in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in June 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time.

The sentencing was a formality because a first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts carries an automatic sentence of life without parole.

The 25-year-old Hernandez and his lawyers left the courtroom by a side door to a holding cell area after the sentence was pronounced.

- AP

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